Senior Flight Dynamics Engineer
Posted on 2/3/2023
Remote • United States
Experience Level
Desired Skills
  • Advanced degree in Aerospace Engineering, or related technical field
  • 8+ years of experience solving problems in space related industries
  • Strong background in astrodynamics and orbital mechanics
  • Experience in solving large-scale optimization problems
  • Strong programming background in Python
  • Familiarity with software engineering tools and processes (version control, code review, regression testing, debuggers, Jenkins, JIRA, agile)
  • Self-starter for solving problems
  • Ability to carry out first-principles analysis and operationalize MVP solutions
  • Experience leading technical efforts
  • As a Senior Flight Dynamics Engineer, you will work with a small team of dedicated engineers responsible for the Flight Dynamics and Mission Planning on Planet's fleet of satellites. The Flight Dynamics disciplines of this team include constellation design, orbit determination, maneuver design and execution (with propulsion and differential-drag), and conjunction assessment & mitigation. Mission Planning is concerned with the scheduling of imaging and contacts for Planet's Dove and SkySat constellations. The large operations research problem has a direct impact on fulfilling the business needs in an automated manner of the world's largest heterogenous constellation of Earth Observation satellites
  • You will be responsible for performing technical analysis and developing systems to support the mission critical responsibilities of the team. Our team interfaces across a variety of problems and systems, over time you will become proficient across a variety of internally developed tools and take lead on ongoing and future tool development
Desired Qualifications
  • PhD in Aerospace Engineering
  • 10-11 years of industry flight/astrodynamics experience
  • Strong programming background in C++
  • Knowledge of State Estimation and Uncertainty Quantification
  • Experience with Geomatics or Meteorology
  • High performance python programming experience (Cython, Numba, C++ Python bindings)
  • Experience with GPU based parallelization (CUDA, Numba etc.)
  • A strong understanding of attitude determination and control systems
Satellite imaging for Earth
Company Overview
Planet is an aerospace and data analytics company that builds small satellites and delivers information about the changing planet.